Opinion

Minot Air Force Base remains key economic driver

Editorials

Imagine the local economy as it is. Then subtract $543.1 million from that and you can envision the economic landscape without Minot Air Force Base. 2nd Lt. Trevor Violette, budget officer for the 5th Comptroller Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, presented the fiscal year 2018 economic impact ...

SINCERELY, CITY HALL

Community Columnists

It’s a priority of mine to open up the lines of communication, conversation, and collaboration with the residents of Minot and the community. As part of this effort, I will be penning a column to all of you every other week in this publication. I’d like to thank Minot Daily News Publisher ...

Get screened, be aware

Letters to the Editor

Mikey Hoeven Former ND First Lady As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I want to share the following information as we observe National Cancer Prevention Month. Nearly 1.8 million Americans will be diagnosed with ...

Meteorology and mistakes

Editorials

Warm front on the horizon So, that might sound like a joke or at very least an exaggeration, but eventually it does warm up every year. Or so I am told. One lifelong North Dakotan was being encouraging a couple of weeks ago, after we approached a 50-degree below zero wind chill that it would ...

Stop the shutdowns, balance the budget

Letters to the Editor

Diane Zander Minot Why is there such a thing as a government shut down? If it continues to be a thing, it should be from top-down. Congress and the administration should work without pay, or aides, or security, or transportation, or cafeteria until reopened. How about this: give each ...

HB 1388: ‘Simple’ tweak has big time implications

Letters to the Editor

Mark Watne Jamestown Two years ago, 75 percent of North Dakotans voted in favor of family farms. Last year, a district court upheld the constitutionality of our law. Despite that, the North Dakota Legislature is yet again taking up a bill to weaken the Corporate Farming Law. At first ...

ND needs fully trained dentists

Letters to the Editor

Dr. Dave Olson Minot A bill (HB 1426) has once again been introduced in the 2019 North Dakota Legislature to license a new category of dental provider, called a dental therapist. The bill has been proposed to reduce barriers to care in tribal communities and non-profit dental clinics across ...

To build or not to build

Letters to the Editor

Bob McNamara Upham This isn’t meant to be pro or con. It is not directed at any particular place because the issue goes from West Fargo to Minot to Williston and small places in between. It is meant to stir conversation and thought. On a daily basis I hear the economy is booming. We ...

No smoking goes for cigars too

Letters to the Editor

Mary Lentz Minot STAMP Coalition We represent a local tobacco prevention coalition, STAMP, from Minot. We would like to express our concern and opposition to Senate Bill 2137 which seeks to exempt “cigar bars” and “premium tobacco products” from the North Dakota smoke-free law. In ...

Partisan is a dirty word in local government

Community Columnists

In the present acrid climate of partisan politics, it is remarkable that several legislators would even propose partisan elections for North Dakota local governments. Sponsors of the measure have had very limited hands-on experience in local government and since their rise came the political ...

Has Trump found the formula for 2020?

National Columnists

If the pollsters at CNN and CBS are correct, Donald Trump may have found the formula for winning a second term in 2020. His State of the Union address, say the two networks, met with the approval of 76 percent of all viewers -- 97 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of independents and 30 ...

Time to end the shameful strand of US History

National Columnists

Four hundred years ago this summer, colonial America's first representative assembly was convened in Jamestown, Virginia. The event launched a noble tradition that grew to become America's founding ideals of freedom, equality and self-governance. However, that noble beginning was challenged ...

Home ownership beats low rent

Editorials

Minot has made a good decision in encouraging low-income workers to strive to become homeowners. Yes, there are plenty of low-income properties to rent, and there will always be a need for those – sometimes a great need. But assisting an individual or a family to own a home rather than rent ...

The state of what union?

National Columnists

Eloquence is not a characteristic associated with President Donald Trump, but in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the president not only rose to the occasion, he also delivered a message that was beautifully crafted by his speechwriters, a speech devoid of much of the divisive and ...

City rightly identifies key challenge to economic development

Editorials

At a meeting Tuesday, an economic stakeholders’ group contemplated its next moves after hearing in recent weeks from technical teams with suggestions on topics ranging from business incubators to numerous other possibilities and mechanisms for economic development. In so doing, they ...

It’s time for ingrates to go

National Columnists

Crying "hate" is a lazy way to debate. But in the Beltway, where honest discussion and vigorous deliberation are desperately needed, the rhetorical sloth is so thick you need a Big Foot circular saw to cut it. Take Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who thrust a Liberian immigrant, Linda ...

Trinity Health expands its footprint in southeast Minot

Editorials

While Trinity Health’s new clinic, Trinity Health East Ridge, has been open since August, a ribbon cutting held there this week was a big moment. A big moment for Trinity Health, a big moment for southeast Minot, a big moment for the Magic City, which continues to see improvements in ...

Slum by the Bay

National Columnists

San Francisco is one of the richest cities it the world. It's given us music, technology and elegant architecture. Now it gives us filthy homeless encampments. One urban planner told me, "I just returned from the Tenderloin (a section of San Francisco). It's worse than slums of India, ...

Sacrificing Northam will not be enough

National Columnists

"Once that picture with the blackface and the Klansman came out, there is no way you can continue to be the governor of the commonwealth of Virginia." So decreed Terry McAuliffe, insisting on the death penalty with no reprieve for his friend and successor Gov. Ralph Northam. Et tu, ...